Missouri kidnapper gets life sentence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMichael Devlin, 41, pleaded guilty to one charge of child kidnapping and one charge of armed-criminal action in the January abduction of 13-year- old William “Ben” Ownby as the boy walked home alone from his school bus stop. “We’ve been waiting for this moment,” Ben’s mother, Doris Ownby, told reporters after the sentencing hearing. It was the first in a series of hearings this week in four jurisdictions where Devlin faces more than 80 counts in the abductions of Ben and Shawn Hornbeck, a 16-year-old who was snatched in 2002 while riding his bike and held for more than four years. Devlin plans to plead guilty to all charges to spare the toll of trials on the boys’ families and his relatives, attorneys said. PLEA: Man tracked boy and held him along with a teen who disappeared in 2002. By Christopher Leonard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS UNION, Mo. – A former pizza parlor manager was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping one of two boys authorities said he held captive and sexually abused in his apartment. “He just does not want to see anyone suffer any more than they have in this whole ordeal,” said Devlin’s attorney, Michael Kielty. Devlin answered questions from Circuit Court Judge Stanley Williams but declined to explain the plea when the judge asked if he wanted to comment. Prosecutor Bob Parks painted a chilling picture of a predator who spent months seeking out a victim. In the three months before Ben’s abduction, Devlin visited rural areas, driving near schools and following school bus routes, Parks said. In his pickup truck, Devlin had duct tape, a hooded sweat shirt and a 9 mm gun, Parks said. He drove up to Ben and asked him if he knew where some people lived, Parks said. When Ben appeared nervous, Parks said, Devlin grabbed him and shoved him into the truck. Ben asked Devlin why he was taking him, Parks said. “The defendant said, `Just because,”‘ Parks said. Devlin then drove Ben to his apartment in Kirkwood, Mo. Ben was 13 when he disappeared minutes after stepping off his school bus in rural Franklin County. Four days later – on Jan. 12 – a tip led to Devlin’s cramped apartment, where both boys were found. While it is The Associated Press’ policy not to identify suspected victims of sexual abuse in most cases, the story of Shawn and Ben has been widely publicized and their names are well-known.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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